Hi everyone! I wanted to be able to say Happy 2021, but with the UK going back into full lockdown, it doesn’t really seem appropriate, so instead I’ll say, I hope you’re all okay, especially my UK followers. I know that it’s necessary, but honestly, I’m feeling very frustrated, and sad, and tired by the whole thing. The thought of being locked down for another seven weeks, possibly longer, is something that I’m massively struggling with especially since I know how hard it’s going to be this time.
This sucks, and it’s ok to admit that, we don’t have to be positive all the time. If you are also having negative feelings about this new lockdown, then you aren’t alone. I just wanted to say that at the top of this post, because social media seems to get flooded with “positive vibes” whenever a new lockdown is announced, so if like me, you’re not really in a “look for the positives” place right now, then that’s fine and valid, and you’re not the only one who feels like everything sucks right now.
Anyway, sorry for that super lengthy intro, clearly had a lot to get off my chest! It’s Tuesday, the first Tuesday of 2021, and that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. As with last year, we’re starting off 2021 talking about our Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2021. The first half of this year is jam packed with a lot of great new books coming out, and these are the ones I’m most excited for (in release date order, so number is no indication of level of excitement!):
- Lore-Alexandra Bracken-Releases 7th January
You know me, obsessed with Greek mythology, so obviously this new release from Alexandra Bracken is right up my street. It sounds very Hunger Games-esque, with Greek heroes teaming up to try and kill Greek Gods and that just sounds like an awful lot of fun, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
2. Tales From The Hinterland-Melissa Albert-Releases 14th January
I have an e-ARC of this from Netgalley, though I’m not sure when I’m going to get to it as I’m still behind from last year! I wasn’t a massive fan of The Hazel Wood, and I didn’t read the sequel, but I’m really looking forward to this book as the snippets of the Tales in The Hazel Wood were my favourite parts, so I think the whole book of them will be really great.
3. The Mask Falling (The Bone Season #4)-Samantha Shannon
Ah my most anticipated release of the year. We’ve been waiting for The Mask Falling for A LONG TIME and I can’t wait to see what happens to Paige and Warden next. I have an e-ARC of this from Netgalley so I should be reading it very soon!
4. Muse (Muse #1)-Brittany Cavallaro-Releases 2nd February
I’m not entirely sure when or if this is releasing in the UK, but it releases in the US in February. An alternate history American monarchy sounds super fun, and I’ve definitely been on a historical fantasy kick in recent years, so I’m hoping this will be another one I enjoy.
5. A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)-Sarah J Maas-Releases 16th February
I do hate the cover, but thankfully, I’m going to be reading Sarah J Maas’ books in audio from now on as they’re simply too large to consume in physical format! I’ve still got ACOWAR and ACOFAS to read before I get to this but I’m hoping to finish both of them this month before this book is released.
6. Liberte (Enchantee #2)-Gita Trelease-Releases 18th February
Enchantee was one of my favourite books of 2019, and I’ve been desperately waiting for Liberte for two years, so I’m super excited that it’s almost here. I can’t wait to see what Camille gets up to next and to dive deeper into the French Revolution.
7. Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3)-Victoria Schwab-Releases 4th March
I’ve got to admit, I don’t love this cover, I think it’s a little crowded and prefer the US one. But I’m super excited for this book, I really enjoyed City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones last year, and these small books are the perfect palate cleansers in between a lot of my chunkier fantasy books!
8. Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2)-Sara Holland
I wasn’t massively in love with Havenfall when I read it last year, but I did think it had potential and wanted to see what happened next, so I’m cautiously looking forward to the sequel. I just hope it’s more exciting than the first book!
9. City of Spells (Into The Crooked Place #2)-Alexandra Christo
Into The Crooked Place was one of my favourite books of 2019, and I’ve been waiting over a year to find out what’s going to happen next to Tavia, Karam, Wesley and Saxony, especially as the first book ended on such a cliffhanger!
10. Rule of Wolves (Nikolai Duology #2)-Leigh Bardugo-Releases 30th March
It sounds like this is going to be the end of the Grishaverse for a while, as Six of Crows 3 doesn’t seem to be on the horizon for a while, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Leigh wraps things up in this book. I was a little disappointed by the first one, I’m hoping more of the Crows might appear in this one and that it’s a little more exciting than King of Scars.
11. Dead or Alive (Skulduggery Pleasant #14)-Derek Landy-Releases 1st April
The penultimate Skulduggery Pleasant book! I’ll admit, I didn’t love the 13th book as much as I would have liked and this new “phase” of the series has been a little uneven, but I always love spending time with Skulduggery and Valkyrie so of course I’m excited for their next adventure. It’s going to be so weird when this series is over, I’ve been reading Skulduggery Pleasant books for half my life!
12. Mina and The Undead-Amy McCaw-Releases 1st April
I’ll admit, I’m not usually a horror reader (I know Skulduggery has horror elements, but it still fits pretty firmly into Urban Fantasy), but Amy was my Secret Sister for the #otspsecretsister project in the August-January ’17/’18 round and she was so lovely, so I’m super excited that she’s releasing a book and really want to support her as an author! I have this on Netgalley and am super excited to start reading it closer to the release date.
13. Ariadne-Jennifer Saint-Releases 29th April
Can I just take a second to say how gorgeous that cover is? Because WOW. Anyway, as already established, I’m a massive Greek myth nerd, so naturally, this Ariadne and Theseus retelling is right up my alley and I really enjoyed Circe last year, so I’m looking forward to reading another Adult Greek mythology retelling.
14. Sky Breaker (Night Spinner #2)-Addie Thorley-Releases 4th May
Night Spinner was a really lovely surprise from last year, so I’m super excited to find out how Enebish’s story wraps up in the final book of this duology. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to get hold of it, since I got the first book on Netgalley and I’ve not actually seen the first book in the UK, but we’ll figure that out closer to the time!
15. Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2)-Maggie Stiefvater-Releases 18th May
Ha ha is anyone at all surprised that I’m excited for the new Maggie Stiefvater book? You shouldn’t be. Call Down The Hawk didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but I’m hoping now that the groundwork for the series has been laid, this second book will be more fun with a less messy plot!
16. A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2)-Roseanne A. Brown-Releases 1st June
I really enjoyed the first book in this duology last year, and it definitely left off in a super exciting place, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this second book takes Malik and Karina and how it wraps up their stories.
So that’s my most anticipated releases for the first half of the year! What books are you looking forward to this year? Any of these on your list? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday post, this time we’ll be talking about our Resolutions/Hopes For 2021, though I prefer to frame them as Goals, so my post will be my Goals For 2021.